Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Last Day

Debbie Northcutt
Today is my last day at Wilderness Volunteers. I've truly loved working for WV for so many reasons, chief among them the opportunity to spend so much time in the field in our beautiful wild places. We are so lucky to live in the USA where we have a diversity public lands across the country, and being able to join in the stewardship of caring for them has been a pleasure.

Thanks to everyone, participants, agencies and especially the leaders of all the projects these last 18 years. A special shout-out to John Sherman for his generosity and helping me so much in the early years, and to Vince White-Petteruti who was a sounding board from the beginning.

Ashely Northcutt
I'm very proud of what Wilderness Volunteers has accomplished. I'm being succeeded by my daughter, Ashely -- I'm excited for her to take over as ED of WV and know she will bring a fresh, energetic and youthful experience to the organization.

Wishing you many more Happy Trails,

Debbie Northcutt


Vince white-petteruti said...

Debbie-You were the glue that held the organization together. Your commitment, energy,dedication and smarts has made WV the amazing organization it is today. Thank you for all you've done and your love of wild places.
Vince W-P

Kathryn said...

I concur with Vince. We will miss your endless energy and compassion for the outdoors. Luckily we have your genetic double coming on board. Thanks for so many great years!

John Sherman said...

Debbie Northcutt has been the heart, soul, sweat, and trail boot of WV since day #1. All the great work, the great outdoor experiences, and great friendships made on the trail would not have happened without Debbie being there and leading the way! Mahalo for being there and keep on treking, With Aloha John Sherman

Gillian Grant said...

As Mary, Erik and I said many times on our last trip, thank goodness for this great Wilderness Volunteers organization! Through WV normal Americans like us are given the extraordinary chance to experience life in the back country whilst simultaneously doing some real work to care for the land we cherish. WV has given me a deep appreciation for our national forests and parks and has offered me a chance to be a better steward of our parks. Thank you Debbie for all you did for so many years to create and foster WV and facilitate all of us having these great opportunities.

Nancy K. said...

It was my privilege to do a Denali trip with both Debbie and Ashely. How lucky can one person be! And, in a broader sense, how lucky can one organization be! Wilderness Volunteers is an extraordinary organization, allowing participants to experience the national forests and parks that are truly a global treasure while "giving back" or "paying forward" by our hard work on the tasks and projects that stewardship of natural sites requires. On several of my trips I learned the history of WV -- to Debbie I say thank you many times over for all you have done. Wishing you well and looking forward to continuing my relationship with WV under the superb leadership of Ashely.